CALA Newsletter

Member Roster:  Priscilla C. Yu, newsletter editor

Sai Deng, newsletter editor

Is this an interim or annual report?  Semi-Annual Report

List significant activities the committee has done since the last report:

The Committee made two calls in September and November 2011 to members to submit news for the Winter Issue of the Newsletter.  The Committee, consisting of Priscilla Yu and Sai Deng were very fortunate to receive many excellent submissions this past year.  We also were  pleased to see so many active chapters organizing conferences and programs with well-known international and national speakers. We worked hard to collect and encourage members to submit photos with their activities. The Winter issue included an enormous volume of news and reports.

Priscilla Yu collected and selected the various articles and reports, pursuing persons for photos and for more comprehensive news items. This year we were delighted to have profiled Dr. Hwa –Wei Lee’s 80th Birthday Celebration and  Symposium on Dr. Lee’s  Contrbutions in Shenzhen, China. Also Haipeng Li’s  “Affinity with the Library” was a very heart warming report.  In September  2011, Priscilla went to Washington, D.C. to attend a Library of Congress conference on the “Encounter of Chinese and Western Cultures and the 1911 Revolution.” She took pictures of two CALA members, Judy Lu and Chu Mi, who gave presentations on their publications.. Materials for feature articles on conferences, chapter meetings, and recognition of CALA members’ achievements were gathered and organized into categories and were edited for grammar, spelling and consistency.  These were saved in a Word file, and then sent to Sai  for additional editing and layout design.  After the drafts were completed, Priscilla and Sai proof read them for changes/ revisions before sending the Newsletter to be added to CALA’s Website and then sent on to CALA Listserv. 

Sai Deng was responsible for the artistic aspect and layout of the Newsletter and assisted in editorial work.  She was the technical editor who did the design and column setting for the Newsletter. She searched and selected photos . She also chose highlights for articles and worked with column names.  The newsletter was created using Microsoft Office Publisher 2007 and then saved as a .pub file and converted to a PDF file for wider distribution. Sai sent out the PDF Newsletter file to CALA’s Web co-chairs to be added to CALA’s Website. 

This past summer, Francisco Vargas, was interested in having REFORMA’s Newsletter  converted to an electronic version.  He inquired how CALA pursued their Newsletter publications and was impressed with the  transparencies of our reports and the richness of the news, articles, and photos  presented.  Also Jessica Nadine Hernandes from the FDA Biosciences Library praised the Newsletter. 

List committee recommendations, if any, to the Board:

Advertisements have been suggested to be included in the Newsletter.  It was noted when the Newsletter was in print form we did have ads.  Now that we have the electronic version, it is something that we might want to include. Advertisements can generate revenue for CALA

Submitted by:  Priscilla C. Yu and Sai Deng, co-editors.